The ANSA McAL Foundation presented grants to nine organisations and individuals totalling $465,000 on Thursday. Among the recipients were Sr Marie Thérèse Rétout, of the Holy Name Convent, the John E Sabga Foundation, the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Althea Montano, a member of the Guardian Media staff whose son was accepted to medical school in Canada, the Writing Intervention, Vitas House, the Rotary Club of Central Port-of-Spain, SEWA International TT and Bishop’s High School, Tobago. The grants will be used for a variety of purposes. They include the creation of a pancreatic cancer awareness and research facility in T&T, support for the Vitas House, the commissioning of histories of the Dominican Sisters and the Botanic Gardens, environmental projects such as plastic recycling, creating a writing programme to assist young people, and the creation of a model United Nations assembly to foster greater awareness in young people. This is the second time for the year that grants have been awarded by the ANSA McAL Foundation, which is supported by the ANSA McAL Group of Companies. Here the recipients are photographed with ANSA McAL Foundation members Maria Superville Neilson, Linda Hadeed, Fr John Mendes, Diana Mahabir-Wyatt and Ravindranath (Ravi Ji) Maharaj.